MILWAUKEE -- Point guard Mike Conley and forward James Johnson each scored 15 points as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth in a row with a 82-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
A 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter run gave the Grizzlies (19-19) just enough of a cushion to hold off the Bucks, who got within three twice in the final 90 seconds and had a chance to win it in the final seconds.
With 1:23 left, Memphis went ahead 75-70 on a long 2-pointer by guard Courtney Lee. Bucks center Larry Sanders drew a goaltending call on forward James Johnson but after the Grizzlies came up empty on their next possession, Bucks point guard Brandon Knight missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 34 seconds left.
Memphis had three chances to score on its next possession, including two failed tip-in attempts before the Bucks gained possession with 11.1 seconds left.
Coming out of a timeout, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo inbounded from the sideline to Knight who found a wide-open Sanders a step behind the arc.
Sanders' shot, however, hit the iron and the Bucks couldn't come up with the rebound, falling for the seventh straight game.
Knight finished with 27 while Sanders and forward Caron Butler each had 10 for the Bucks, who are still looking for their first victory in 2014.
Memphis fell behind 8-1 early in the first but finished the quarter on a 19-2 run to take a 20-10 lead. Milwaukee went 4 of 22 from the field in the quarter but got back on track in the second and pulled within seven by halftime.
The Bucks had missed 15 consecutive shots at one point but made 18 of their next 26, finally pulling even on Knight's 3-pointer that made it a 51-51 game with 5:33 left in the third.
Knight connected with another 3-pointer to give Milwaukee a 60-58 lead with just under a minute left in the period.
NOTES: Memphis C Marc Gasol was feeling OK and back in the starting lineup Wednesday after playing 24 minutes Tuesday night, his first game back after missing 23 games with a sprained left medial collateral ligament. ... Bucks F Khris Middleton did not start but was available Wednesday despite suffering a sprained ankle in practice Tuesday. He is the only Milwaukee player to appear in every game this season. ... Grizzlies F Jon Leuer was Milwaukee's second-round choice in the 2011 draft. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in his lone season with the Bucks. ... Milwaukee F John Henson will be used off the bench for the near future while he recovers from a high left ankle sprain, coach Larry Drew said. Henson missed seven games before returning to score eight points in 17 minutes Monday at Toronto.